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Brendan Steele

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/5/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175

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Beginning two shots back, defending champ and World No. 59 Brendan Steele, a pre-tourney 22/1 outright, celebrated a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in the final round of the Safeway Open to reach 15-under 273, good for a two-shot victory over Tony Finau and his third PGA TOUR title in his 178th career start. UPDATE: Steele bumps 12 places to a career-high 47th in OWGR.
This was the 11th playing of the Safeway and fourth straight at Silverado. He is the first repeat champion of the event, winning last year as a 40/1 outright and also in come-from-behind fashion. Last year, he played out of the third-to-last threesome and erased a four-shot deficit with 7-under 65 to win by one. This year, he was a first-round co-leader and played out of the penultimate threesome in R4, trailing leader Tyler Duncan. The Californian hit eight (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.700 off-the-tee and 2.959 tee-to-green, No. 1 in both of those stats for the week at 6.170 and 12.226, respectively. He squared two bogey-5s at holes 12 and 14 (bogey-save from 7'6"), offset by five circles at 4 (from 12'6"), 5, 9, 16 and 18. The 34-year-old posted 1.750 putts per GIR and 1.734 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. Oct 8 - 9:02 PM

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First-round co-leader and defending champ Brendan Steele patched together an even-par 35-37=72 in the third round of the Safeway Open, dropping one place to T3 on 12-under 204, two adrift of 54-hole leader Tyler Duncan (71).

After kicking off in 65-67, the Californian began in solo 2nd, one shy of playing competitor Duncan. Playing out of the final threesome, he landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.308 strokes off-the-tee, No. 1 in SG: OTT with a cumulative 4.464. The World No. 59 lost 2.193 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.458 around-the-green, but is still leading in SG: TTG thru 54 holes (9.280). He conjured two birdie-4s at holes 9 and 16, both 2-putt versions, cancelled by two bogeys at 11 and 18. The 34-year-old posted a commercial 2.000 putts per GIR and 0.129 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. He missed a par-saver at 18 from 9'6", dropping him out of the final threesome on Sunday.
Oct 7 - 9:39 PM

Overnight co-leader and defending champ Brendan Steele fired a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the second round of the Safeway Open to post 12-under 132, good for the 36-hole clubhouse lead by one over playing competitor Chesson Hadley, who shot 61. UPDATE: With play completed, Steele is in solo 2nd and trails PGA TOUR rookie Tyler Duncan by one, an 18-hole co-leader as well, who shot 66.

After kicking off in 65, the Californian co-led with two others, his sixth career 18-hole lead/co-lead in 178 career events. He's yet to convert on any of the five previous, conjuring just one top-5 finish (T5, 2014 Travelers). The World No. 59 hit seven (of 14) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, gaining 1.330 strokes off-the-tee and 2.224 approaching-the-green, currently No. 1 in both of those stats as well as SG: Tee-to Green thru 36 holes. The 34-year-old squared a lone bogey-4 at 11 (3-putt from 40'2"), camouflaged by six circles at Nos. 1, 5, 6, 12, 13 and 15, three from between 10 and 13 feet. He recorded 1.750 putts per GIR and 0.886 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.
Oct 6 - 8:39 PM

Defending champion Brendan Steele torched the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa in round one of the Safeway Open, cruising to a 7-under-par 34-31=65 to grab the early clubhouse lead on day one.

The California native arrived with plenty of good vibes in Napa. He's positioned himself inside the top 20 after each of the last 8 rounds here, leading after four of those, including last year's victory. We can make that inside the top 20 after the last 9 rounds, leading after five of those (if this lead holds). It was a ball-striking clinic today as he split 12 (of 14) fairways and peppered all 18 greens in regulation. He converted five birdies in a six-hole stretch before making the turn to play his homeward nine (the front nine). The highlights coming into the clubhouse came at the par 5s, setting up a 2'2" eagle splash at the 5th and then gave himself another eagle look from 14'8" at the closing, par-5 9th. He would settle for a birdie, but still, sets up to potentially grab the sixth career first-round lead/co-lead of his career.
Oct 5 - 3:44 PM

Brendan Steele has a great history at this week's venue, returning to Silverado Resort and Spa for a chance to defend his title at the Safeway Open.

The California native was looking to go wire-to-wire at this event two years ago before a final-round 76 derailed his hopes (T17). He used that as motivation last year as he returned to win the event. He even did a reversal in the closing round, saving his best round (7-under 65) for the closing lap. With under-par rounds in 10 (of 12) attempts at Silverado, Steele is set up nicely for another good week. His form faded over the summer, but gamers should expect a bounce-back as we head back to his home state of California.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 4 - 10:46 AM

World No. 56 Brendan Steele navigated a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in the second round of the BMW Championship for a 36-hole tally of 8-under 134, up 18 places to T6 with play still in progress.

The 34-year-old is making his fifth appearance with one prior top-60 finish, a T13 in 2015 here at Conway Farms (68-67-68-70). He opened with 68 (one eagle, three birdies, two bogeys) and followed with five circles against two bogeys (one, 3-putt) and another eagle-3 at the par-5 eighth from 6'11". The UC-Riverside alum hit seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, losing 0.239 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.709 approaching-the-green. His split featured two conversions from between 10 and 24 feet, adding a 16-footer from the fringe at the par-4 16th. Steele posted 1.786 putts per GIR and 1.522 SG: Putting, taking 29 total putts.
Sep 15 - 6:15 PM

The stage is set for Brendan Steele to take on Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York, as he preps for his sixth appearance at THE NORTHERN TRUST.

Steele enters the week ranked 16th in the FedExCup race. He is 18-for-22 on the season with the clear highlight being a win at the Safeway Open. For the season, Steele ranks T33 in strokes gained off-the-tee and 32nd in strokes gained approaching-the-green. That kind of ball-striking translates well to any course. The putter should determine whether he jumps into contention, but Steele sets up as a nice cut-maker regardless of how well he's swiping the flat stick.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 22 - 4:36 PM

Brendan Steele hopes the third time is the charm as he prepares for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

Steele is 0-for-2 at The Open, missing the cut in 2014 and then again last year. He's yet to record a round of par or better in this event, signing rounds of 74-80 and then 73-76 in four tries. This time around he ranks 14th in the FedExCup race after a 17-for-19 start to the season. He currently ranks inside the top 50 in three-of-four strokes gained categories with putting being the only "weakness." Steele ranks 97th in that regard. Strong form meeting poor event history makes Steele a very interesting name to watch this week.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 12:55 PM

World No. 53 Brendan Steele signed for a 3-under-par 33-36=69 after the third round of the 117th U.S. Open for a 54-hole total of 7-under 209, up three spots on the live leaderboard to T10, five adrift of clubhouse leader Justin Thomas.

The 34-year-old striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, recording 1.571 putts per GIR, the current leader in the latter with a cumulative 1.459. He went out in 3-under, sandwiching back-to-back squares at holes 3 and 4 with birdies at 2, 5-7, and 9. The UC-Riverside alum reached 9-under total with his sixth and seventh circles of the round at 14 and 15, but concluded his scoring with double bogey-6 at 17 after taking five to get on the surface. His split featured five from between eight and 21 feet, and took 28 total putts.
Jun 17 - 7:06 PM

World No. 53 Brendan Steele fashioned a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the second round of the 117th U.S. Open to reach 4-under 140, up 21 places to T8 with play still in progress.

This is the 34-year-old's third U.S. Open, chasing a missed cut in 2013 with T15 last year (71-71-70-73). It's his 11th overall major appearance with a best of T12 at the 2015 PGA Championship. The UC-Riverside alum opened with 71 on nine (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, buoyed by eagle-2 (from 49'9") at the drivable par-4 second. He hit nine fairways and 13 GIR in R2, outpacing four bogeys with seven birdies, posting 1.462 putts per GIR and 3.768 SG: Putting, the current leader in the former with a cumulative 1.391.
Jun 16 - 2:16 PM

World No. 60 Brendan Steele styled a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to finish up on 5-under 283, up 13 places on the live leaderboard to T7 and matching the low round in the clubhouse with Dustin Johnson. UPDATE: With play completed, Steele finished T6 and his 68 stayed tied for the low round.

This was the 34-year-old's seventh appearance and first top 25. His previous best was T26 in 2014 (69-73-75-67). After kicking off in 69-71-75, the UC-Riverside alum began on 1-under (T20), eight adrift of the overnight co-leaders and three shy of the overnight top 10. He landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, gaining 2.743 strokes tee-to-green and 5.612 strokes better than the field average. The Californian squared three bogeys, overshadowed by seven birdies, four from between 14 and 19 feet, walking off with a 10-incher after stiffing his approach from 146 yards out. In R4, he posted a stellar 1.400 putts per GIR and 2.870 SG: Putting en route to his seventh top 25 of the season in 15 starts and third top 10, first since T6 at the CareerBuilder back in January.
May 14 - 5:54 PM

Brendan Steele settled for a 1-under-par 36-35=71 during the second round of THE PLAYERS, but still maintains a spot inside the top 10 on 4-under 140.

Steele traded five birdies with two bogeys on day one, but couldn't get the scoring started today. His flat stick was working in round two, but unfortunately two of the notable putts were to save par or bogey. He walked off the course gaining 1.854 strokes putting after losing 0.188 strokes approaching-the-green. Making his seventh appearance at this event, he is still searching for his first top 25 here (T26, 2014 being the best).
May 12 - 7:15 PM

Brendan Steele styled a 3-under-par 35-34=69 during the opening round of THE PLAYERS, positioning himself two strokes off the early leader William McGirt.

Steele split 10 (of 14) fairways on his way toward 14 greens in regulation. His flat stick roller-coastered throughout the round. He drilled birdie putts from 29'11" and 17'3" but also missed birdie opportunities from 3'4", 6'7", and 7'5" in addition to an 11'2" eagle attempt that he let slip by. Making his seventh appearance at THE PLAYERS, Steele has finished outside the top 50 in five of his last six visits with a T26 in 2014 being the highlight.
May 11 - 3:40 PM

Past champion Brendan Steele will be making his seventh appearance at the Valero Texas Open as he takes on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks Course this week.

Steele won this event during his 2011 debut, proving that course knowledge is sometimes not necessary. Since then, he's posted notable finishes of T4, T8, and T13 in five return trips. More recently, Steele has secured his second career victory (2017 Safeway Open) and sits in 10th place on the FedExCup leaderboard. Other than his win in Napa, he's also picked up five additional top 25s this season. With recent form and course history converging, Steele should be considered a top-tier play this week in all fantasy formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 19 - 4:18 PM

Brendan Steele roller-coastered his way to a 1-up victory over Tommy Fleetwood in round two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, reaching 1.5 points after two days of play.

Steele started the day to four straight pars but found himself 1-up after a Fleetwood bogey at the 3rd. Steele found trouble at the fifth, leading to a concession, taking the match back to all square. The highlight of the round for Steele came at the par-4 10th when he splashed home a 30'4" birdie to himself just 1-down thru 10. That may have turned the tides as it was all Steele from there, winning three of the next five holes to find himself 2-up. Fleetwood arrived in stellar form and already had a win to his name this week. After a tie in R1 and now this victory, Steele will enter Friday with 1.5 points, currently good for the lead of Group 16. He will control his own destiny as he readies for a match against Zach Johnson.
Mar 23 - 4:56 PM